RB Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears
|5-6, 179||Born: 7-26-1995||College: North Carolina A&T||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Cohen was still a central and very dangerous part of the Bears offense after the bye. He is going to remain prominent in the passing game and should be set up for another big game against the slow Patriots linebackers this week.
Week 7: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jordan Howard for the fourth consecutive week has lost snaps in this offense as his snap count has decreased from 73% to 62% to 54% and last week was at 51%. While Matt Nagy says that it is not a concern, one has to wonder as Tarik Cohen and the speed attack he brings has been more efficient and Howard fumbled on the goal-line last week in the second quarter. There maybe a shift going on in as the Bears continue to move to a speed-focused offense that looks to beat you out wide. This is a running attack that really has been stagnant for a lot of this season as Howard is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry including three straight weeks where he averaged 2.5 yards per carry or less before his solid performance last week where he ran for 69 yards on 14 carries. The Patriots have been an up and down rush defense that was down last week as they allowed 80 yards rushing on just 10 carries to Kareem Hunt. The method behind having a solid running game against the Patriots is having a quarterback that the Patriots game plan against. The Patriots struggled against the Texans, Chiefs, and Lions, while dominated the front of the Dolphins, Colts, and Jaguars which is indicative of the more dime that the Patriots play the more susceptible they are against the run compared to their base defense. The defensive line for the Patriots continues to be extremely strong as Trey Flowers and Lawrence Guy are both playing at All-Pro and when the Patriots are in their base defense, Danny Shelton continues to be a space eater that will prevent any holes from opening up as we have seen the impact Shelton leaving Cleveland has had on their run defense this season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Tarik Cohen's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs MIA (5 / 31 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Cohen's speed was too much for the Dolphins to handle in this game as the Bears in the second half worked to create mismatches for Cohen by getting him in space on a 50-yard slant in which linebacker Jerome Baker was lined up on Cohen and had no chance keeping up with the speedy running back. Cohen later scored on a draw play in which the Bears blocked the entire play right while Cohen ran left confusing the defense. This put Cohen in a one-on-one situation between him and safety Reshad Jones in which Cohen simply outran the safety and was untouched in the end zone.
2018 Week 4 vs TB (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 121 / 1 rec)
Jordan Howard has been the work horse for the Bears, but Cohen had the hot hand today and the Bears rode him to victory. Cohen led the team in total touches and yards this week with most of the damage coming through the passing game. His longest rush was 19 yards and helped setup the game's second touchdown. Cohen took the ball off the right end and was pushed out of bounds before he could cut back in for more yards. The rushing split between Cohen and Howard (13 to 11) was very close, but Cohen really set himself apart in the passing game. He hauled in a 9-yard touchdown right in the middle of the field. He ran a wheel route out of the back field and the coverage picked up the wrong inside man and the outside corner was late getting over in coverage. It was an easy pitch and catch for the touchdown and Cohen was not even touched before crossing the goal line. He caught 7 of his 8 targets and had another big play of 35 yards to set the Bears up with a 1st and goal from the 4-yard line. After a false start pushed them back 5 yards, he was rewarded on the next play with his 9-yard touchdown catch. Howard is going to end the season with more rushing attempts, but Cohen clearly established himself as the passing down back this week.
2018 Week 3 vs ARI (5 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard ran into a wall of defenders time and time again this week and that helped to soften things up for Cohen. The longest play of the day on the ground came from Cohen after he took the ball off the right end for 21 yards before being pushed out of bounds. This helped get the Bears into field goal range, but after a bad sack Cody Parker missed the 46-yard field goal. Cohen was targeted 3 times in the passing game as well but did not do much with those receptions. Jordan Howard will continue to get the bulk share of the carries throughout the season and Cohen should remain in the 8-10 touches per game range.
2018 Week 2 vs SEA (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Tarik Cohen is going to be a volatile player this season as most big-play threats are. In this game, it was one of the down games for the running back as he failed to get anything going in this game. Cohen is the type of player that defenses can keep in check if they put a focus on and the Seahawks ensured that the speedsters for the Bears did not beat them.
2018 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Bears success was largely determined based on if Tarik Cohen was touching the ball on that drive. Cohen had eight touches in this game, and seven of those touches came on the Bears drives that ended in points. The Bears utilized Cohen to keep the defense honest as they used him on lateral runs and on his three receptions. The one concern for Cohen is the emergence of Jordan Howard in the receiving game as Howard had more receptions in this game with five receptions compared to Cohen's three which could lead to Howard staying on the field more than anticipated this season.
Latest NewsBears | Tarik Cohen totals 121 yards, TD (Sun Oct 14, 06:27 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen rushed five times for 31 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins and he added seven receptions for 90 yards on nine targets. Our View: Cohen was explosive as a receiver and effective in limited opportunity as a runner. He'll be a solid RB2 until he lets us down. Expect another good game against the slow Patriots defense next week.
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